First up is The Story of O which is based on the book of the same name by author Anne Cécile Desclos under the pseudonym Pauline Réage and is the tale of the erotic submission of the title character who is only ever identified as “O” and her introduction into the world of sadomasochism and bondage. The movie opens with O (Corinne Clery), a young and beautiful fashion photographer being driven to the Château Roissy, a sort of Hogwarts for BDSM aficionados, by her lover René (Udo Kier) and where she will be trained as a sexual slave. He has her remove her panties and is told that she must obey all within the Château without question and to never cross her legs, always keep them open. O has come here willingly and is completely open to the idea of becoming a sexual object, sadly aside from the desire to please the man of her life we get no real inclination as to why O would be okay with this lifestyle.
This film is not brimming with motivation.
Yeah, René is a bit of a tool.
Dinner at Château Roissy.
Story of O includes required bisexual moments.
Speaking of terrible narration brings us to our next entry the American made bondage film The Image which seems to that director Radley Metzger had looked over and saw what Jaeckin was doing with The Story of O and said “Is that what you call sadomasochism?”
Now this may be an American production but it was shot in Paris, France and is based on the novel L’Image by Jean de Berg which leaves one to believe France must have been one incredibly kinky place in the 70s. The story follows bored playboy Jean (Carl Parker) who, while mingling amongst a group of wealthy socialites at a literary party, spots Anne (Mary Mendum aka Rebecca Brooke), a ravishing blonde and immediately wants to know her better. Also at the party, and looking equally bored, is Claire (Marilyn Roberts) an old friend of his who he approaches to find out about this beautiful and mysterious blonde. Jean is quite surprised to find out that Clair and Anne are an item as he had no idea that Clair swung that way.
Would not be surprised if Mary Mendum turned women bisexual on a daily basis.
Who needs narration over stuff like this?
The movie is broken into eleven chapters as we follow the bizarre and somewhat twisted threesome as they bounce from one sexual escapade to the another; playing hide the fruit in a restaurant, oral sex in an alley, and at one point Claire offers Anne to Jean for an outing and he takes her shopping for lingerie which ends up turning into a threesome with a cute shop girl.
All films could be improved by a little girl on girl action.
This film is hot, and I mean super-hot. Also not for everyone as the graphic nature of the sex scenes could certainly make some squeamish, and the sexual torture and humiliation puts today's Fifty Shades of Grey to shame. For me what makes this film a stand-out among films of this genre is Mary Mendum and Marilyn Roberts’ performances as they felt pure and with a level of authenticity one doesn’t expect to see in this type of film. Radley Metzger gave the world one of the best S&M films to date and it would have been even better if they had lost that awful narration.